Incident Summary:

11/15/2008: On Saturday afternoon at around 1500, in Tall 'Afar, Ninawa, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device near a car dealership in a marketplace, killing 11 civilians, wounding between 28 and 36 others, and damaging several shops and several vehicles. No group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Tal Afar

Location Details:
The attack took place in Tall Afar.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description The civilians
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosive-laden vehicle driven by a suicide bomber was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The most recent available sources listed the injuries for this attack from 28 to 36, so the majority injury figures have been used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 36 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 36
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Eleven Civilians Killed, 36 Others Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack in Tall 'Afar, Ninawa, Iraq," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, November 18, 2009."
" McClatchy Newspapers, "Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq - Saturday 15 Vovember 2008," November 15, 2008,"